When A New Confidence is What You Need


New is what I needed.


Confidence is what I lacked.


A door opened in my work that, while wonderful and exciting, would be way over my head to accomplish. Without even a single prayer, I headed to my office to write an email simply saying, No.


Then I stopped.


What if this was God? Could it be? Would God ask me to do something that was beyond my normal strength?

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I have found in my life that, yes, God does in fact create plans that are more than I can handle.  He does place me in situations beyond my ability so that He is the one to get the glory, not me.


I know we have been taught, “God will not give you more than you can handle.” Honestly, I have scoured the Bible. Read through it several times, in fact, and I have yet to find that verse.


It simply is not true.


Here’s what is true:


“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus.” Romans 15:5


Maybe like me, you need endurance and encouragement in this New Year! I have two ways to help!


First, this FREE download: 5 New Moves for My New YearClick here to subscribe and receive the PDF by email. (Be sure to check your inbox to download it.)


Second, a giveaway of Make Your Move: Finding Unshakable Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures, my newest Bible study empowering us women with a confidence so that we withstand even shaky situations!


To enter to win, simply share here in the comments on the blog what area you need to have confidence for in 2018. U.S. addresses only please. (If you are receiving this via email, please be sure to click here so you can comment on the blog.)


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Winners will be posted January 18th. 










  1. Auralee smith says:

    I’m trusting God to help me have the courage and confidence to launch my blog in 2018, and to put fear of failure — and success! — behind me. Thank you!

    1. To have more confidence that I’m doing enough in my role of caring my special needs daughter and being a full time homemaker .

    2. I’m 50. In last 5 yrs was laid off from best job I was at for 9 yrs then bullied/fired from dream job last April (wanna believe God opened/closed that door for a reason). Started what seems to be a decent job literally a wk ago but not sure if I accepted the right job. I created a healthier eating product/service (life-long struggle with weight and dx’d with MS) that has helped me and would like to share BUT don’t wanna waste time/energy/$ if it’s NOT God’s will (I’m 50:(…time isn’t on my side) plus I’m not a natural salesman type…so…stay put at good desk job or persue dream??? God knows what he’s doing…His will, not mine, amen:)

      1. Lynn Cowell says:

        Lisa – I’m 50 too! It’s a great year to begin new things! Look at all the life experience we’ve gained!

    3. Susan E. Hofmann says:

      2018 is a big year for me with one kid in college and 2 in middle school and h8gh school. I am soul searching and seeing where I am to be taking my time, talents, energy and love. I seek to reenter the workforce after much time at home and need confidence I can retrain and do it at 49. Your blog is what I need to hear. God Bless.

  2. I need to have confidence in some big decision making… need to learn to trust God more and more to step out…
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  3. Dawn Thomas says:

    I really want to read Make Move Move! I want to enter for a free a copy. I’m finding that my confidence is struggling in my life which is something I have not struggled with before. I’m 45, my oldest left for college this year, my youngest got his drivers license, my husband travels every week & I recently lost my job. These circumstances are all very new to me and I’m finding it harder now at this age to step out of my bubble and try new things, make new friends, embrace new hobbies or interests. I’m finding myself lost in my own life at this point & I have never been at this point before.

  4. I too am starting totally new adventure with my job! On first week, and learning so much! Excited and nervous at same time.. I want to do my best for my God!

  5. Thank you so much for this word today!!! I am in a new place and asking God, is this really where you want me? I’m not sure I can do it, I don’t have the confidence I should have going into this, and I’m so afraid of messing up. So today’s encouragement hit me in such an overwhelming way, and impeccable timing. I’ve been feeling God reminding me lately of the times “if I brought you to it, I will take you through it.” He has carried me through many trials, brought me out victorious, and I am ever so confident now that He won’t stop at this point – He has even more in store for my life. So thank you again, and I more boldly go into today knowing that God’s got my back.

  6. I have decided to make a conscious decision to follow and trust God more closely and be more faithful with serving him. So far my walk has been amazing. Reading your inspirstional words/messages is rewarding..

  7. Geralyn Miller says:

    I need confidence in myself to have the strength to take care of myself physically this year…one day at a time.

  8. Andrenette R Williams says:

    Several years ago I started to go back to school. This was my second attempt to complete my degree. Getting my BA degree is something Ive desired to do for a long time. My children, marriage and just simply life, kept giving me the excuse to put it off. At this point in my life I’m sensing a strong desire to just do something just for me.
    So I’ve decided that that is the one accomplishment I wished I had not put off until later.
    I’m older now, work full time and I feeling fearful of trying again. Questions of doubt and unsurety attack my mind but I have to remind myself of my favorite scriptures ” the Greater One lives in me”; “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
    God has given me a new insight on life. His sight not my own. So now I’m asking Him “What did you create me to do?”. HIS purpose for my life is more important than anyone or anything else.
    My confidence is back! I am pressing forward in Him, knowing that He makes all things New! I am excited to start class in February at a community college. It may take me a while to finish but my focus is to start somewhere and let the “finish” end wherever.

    1. Patrice Mei-Snyder says:

      Andrenette. Sounds like you have great attitude about working towards your goal. I too am going back to school to complete my BS degree. What you stated here is great “It may take a while to finish but my focus is to start somewhere and let the “finish” end wherever.

  9. Today is Day 4 of a job that I certainly would consider way over my head and half way across the United States from the home I’ve known for more than 40 years! I prayed if this was truly God’s will He would keep does tightly sealed or swing them wide open. God is faithful… Providing buyers for our specialized equipment off-season (everyone said it wouldn’t sell), dry roads for 1500 miles, arriving mere hours before blizzard conditions started but plenty of time to get all the necessities, and my husband interviewed for a new job the morning after the snow storm was offered and accepted the job all the same afternoon! God is amazing, only He could have done all He has!! Seeing the hand of God orchestrate so many details of our lives has been humbling and inspiring. I’m excited to read your book!!

  10. I need confidence to take the steps needed to start my business that God has laid on my heart for several years now…..to be an encouragement & to help others to better themselves & their families & to show them what the power of God can do in one’s life…..thank you for this devotional today, it’s very powerful! ❤️

  11. I’m praying for confidence to handle school, work, and new mommy duties…not out of my own strength, but through God’s. His power is perfected in my weakness.

  12. God has called me to start a Released Time Bible program for children in my region. I am looking to Him for endurance and confidence as I go down this path, and as I continue to be the wife and mom He has called me to be. Tomorrow I meet with the school administrators- prayers welcome!

  13. I need confidence to go into new situations where I have to engage with people I don’t know very well. I also need confidence to to try new things in life and not be afraid of failing.

  14. I need confidence to find paying work that will allow me the finances to not only begin to afford rent, utilities and food, but to have more than enough to do those things and still be able to afford to help others out of their circumstances.

    1. I’d like to pray for you!
      Heavenly Father, thank you for your love for this precious woman. I ask Father thar you will give her favor and wisdom as she seeks to work and take care of her basic needs. You are her provider and help in time of trouble. Lord I know that You are pleased with her desire to help others and I thank You that you will give her the desires of her heart!! In Jesus name I pray, amen! Have a blessed day!

  15. I’m praying for the changes that need to occur within my marriage and our family. The Lord has broken me down over the week in order to give me the strength to face things I’ve been avoiding. I have leaned on His Word more in the last few days than I have in the last few weeks. I believe the Lord is trying to build up my confidence and trust in Him to know what steps I need to take next.

  16. I desperately need confidence to trust God will be there. The confidence to take the daily terrifying steps needed in order to even move forward in life.

  17. I am praying for the confidence to be bold in my faith when it comes to sharing it with others. I want my light to shine bright and not hide it from the world. For a shy girl, like me, in a tough world it wont be easy but I know the Lord will see me through. Thanks for the devo, I have your book in my list for next in line to read when I finish the two that I am on!

  18. My divorce has just been finalized, and to Him be the glory that I am still standing. He has shown up time and time again throughout all this, yet my confidence is dwindling as I go into 2018. I need confidence that He will continue to be by my side and carry me through, despite my fears.

  19. I am praying for confidence to move forward with the plans God has revealed to me. For the past 6 weeks, I’ve been under the enemy’s attack and am physically drained, which makes me mentally exhausted. I then question if the path I’m on is truly of God. Lord, give me confidence to know when to keep moving forward and to know when the direction I am heading is not from you. The word discernment comes to mind, so I ask for God’s encouragement and endurance to keep me stay focused on Him (and not the arrows being shot at me), so that I can discern His spiritual direction and understanding for how God wants to use me to further His Kingdom. I anticipate that God is getting ready to ask me to do something BIG and BOLD, and I want to have a willing and ready heart. I also believe that clarity of mind will allow me to have more faith (and confidence) in God as well. My heart seems to listen better when my brain is not foggy. Thank you – love your books, blogs and devotions!!!

    1. Kim Schroeder says:

      Liz, you could not expressed my feelings/thoughts/attitudes any better! 110% spot on!!! Brings tears to my eyes to read all of our joys and hopes which seem to become overshadowed/overwhelmed by these nasty trials and tribulations we are all experiencing (many of which are identical to my own)!! My heart aches and grieves for our struggles while at the same time feeling very, very encouraged, confident and motivated!!! (Some would say hormonal, I say “wake up!!”) KNOWING it is bigger than us, we must give it to God and allow him to guide our footsteps in these difficult, but fleeting, times!! I am praying FERVENTLY, Dear Father, for each one of us to keep persevering, one foot in front of the other, trusting in YOU to take us to more fertile ground, wherever that may be in our lives!! Glory be to you, in the highest! AMEN!!

  20. Beginning the new year God gave me a word to guide me in 2018. The Holy Spirit gave me the word confidence. I was reading in Jeremiah 17:7 and my word was confirmed. Your book will be part of my devotional as I start my day. I have a job that is high paced and stressful. I pray each day before I enter the door of my office for confidence and endurance. I would love your book to encourage me each day as a new job may be in my near future and stepping out of my comfort zone is a scary thought.

  21. I am a REALTOR. And I’m at a point in my business where I’m seeing significant growth and need to venture into unknown territories. I know that God is the only one who made all of this possible. So I need to trust Him and have the confidence in knowing that I will be able to carry out the plans He has for me and my business. Thank you Lord!

  22. I need confidence to step out into the unknown despite my fear of failure and when (what I perceive as) obstacles come my way. Thank you for the giveaway.

  23. Thank you for this post Lynn! I am praying for wisdom and trust in God to carry us through these next several months of transition as we move from one assignment to another. (From Overseas to most likely in the states) We are also pregnant with our 2nd (3rd pregnancy), due around the time of PCSing so trying to decide what is best for us and our family – leaving early or staying late. I’d love to live this year in great boldness and faith – especially through all upcoming changes and challenges.

  24. I need confidence in stepping out of my comfort zone to do things God has placed on my heart, to know I can “do all things through Him”.

  25. Debbie Long says:

    I need confidence in Gods Word, being taught certain things for 10 years and having my eyes open to some things the bible says and seeing they are not the same. I need confidence in who God says I am as His child.

  26. I need confidence in my abilities and career path.

  27. Karen Brennan says:

    I have gone back to achool at age 59 to get the degree I didn’t finish 40 years ago. I work full time. I just started my 2nd year. It is difficult and sometimes I want to quit. I pray every day for God to give me what I need to make it through!

  28. I need to be empowered and have confidence to let go and let God in my marriage. To not be afraid to move if He needs me to move an stay if He tells me to stay.

  29. Stacey Altepeter says:

    Oh, I need so much confidence in so many areas right now! I think the main area is just me in general. The confidence that the changes I’m making are the ones God is guiding me too & through. Confidence in my faith as well.

  30. Pam Dumas says:

    I am starting on a new adventure with my husband. We have sold our home & living in our 5th wheel Rv. We plan on traveling between my husbands job opportunities. Brand new way of life for us. It does make me anxious at times.
    I know God has plans for me, I just need to have confidence that He will sustain & guide me and more importantly that I will follow! I could really use the book!

  31. Misti Sargent says:

    There are so many areas in my life that I lack confidence. I always have the courage to start something, but lack the confidence to push through to success. Always fearing “failure”. Sigh!!

  32. Suzanne Jones says:

    Trusting God to take me to the next level in my career and help me to let go of the need to control and allow others to do their job independently. It is often difficult to trust others to get the job done when you are ultimately responsible for the outcome. Praying for strength to let go this year!

  33. Thanks for this devotional, Lynn. I needed this reminder. I have a meeting with my pastor this week and I’m second guessing if God CAN use me to minister to women because I am a mess myself. Will be praying this Romans verse over myself for the rest of the week.

  34. I need God’s confidence as I raise my 4 children. I want to be a strong, “Christ confident” role model, especially for my 10 year old daughter.

  35. I need to make a move. My life has been a roller coaster for the past nine years and I want to get off. I the the courage to make changes and stop the insanity of doing the same things expecting a different result. I know God is in control, and I know I need to seek His will, lay down mine and be obedient. I need the confidence to hear His Will and the strength to follow.

  36. Lynn this was so powerful. As I continue to “make My Move” with my blog and such, I wanted to share my sucesses with some loved ones that I told about guest posting for you and they didn’t even remember that I had told them about it. Then when I reminded them, my feelings were deflated by their responce of “oh ok” But ya know what? God wants me to do this and that’s all that matters. My husband and children and other friends and family are supportive of this journey I am on and that means a lot. I just love the part when you whisper to yourself “keep going Lynn, keep going.” Blessings to you.

  37. Commenting on this blog is a step of faith for me because I’ve never done this before. I have spent years in my head, thinking about all the great ideas I have, all the things God is calling me to do, the gifts He gave me to use for Him, and I somehow never take the action needed to bring it out of my head and into the world. So for 2018 I have chosen the word “Action” as my intention and I’m committed to listening to God for steps to take to walk in my calling, especially as it relates to career. After years of hiding from others and myself, I want 2018 to be the year things change. I would love to read your book specifically because it’s about action! Thank you and God bless you for your ministry!

  38. Thank you Lynn for this post. For many years I have been dealing with issues of abuse in my past and now a dissolving marriage. In order for me to move forward I need to find a full-time job. Something I haven’t had in 14 yrs because I was raising my son who had some developmental issues. God was faithful as we endured that struggle. I know he will be faithful now as well, but I am having trouble moving forward. I’m split between the job search and following my heart to be creative in my crafts. Friends have told me to start a craft store online, but I’m so afraid of failure. I need help to move forward in all that I am going through. I want to show my son that God is faithful in all situations and that we can change our life for the better in God’s will, however, I feel stuck where I am and need help to move forward with confidence. I think your book & prayers would be a great blessing to me. Thank you for your time and willingness to help others through their difficult times. God Bless.

  39. Julie Woodman says:

    I need confidence in my work. Every day is a new challenge. Some days I can approach it with a strong sense of confidence, but more often than not fears and past failures pull me down.

  40. Ellen Cole says:

    I need confidence in most areas of my life but, in 2018, I especially need confidence to put myself out there into unfamiliar surroundings. My husband and I moved to a new state about a year ago. Other than a few people I’ve met at work, I haven’t really made any friends and, frankly, I’m lonely. My husband works long hours and I miss the friends I left “back home”. I’m not a young woman. At nearly 57 years old, I would have thought having confidence in myself would be easier by now!!

  41. Regina Forshee-Bedke says:

    I need encouragement, endurance and confidence in bringing my husband closer to God. Just when I think he’s getting more interested in learning about God and going to church, something comes up in his life (and I know it is the devil’s doing) and he pulls away. I pray daily for him and I know God is watching out for him and is at work in his/our life. I praise God for that, but sometimes I feel like I am letting God down. I don’t have any close friends I can lean on where I live to get encouragement from so any help would be wonderful. Thank you ???

  42. Yesterday, I received a clear message to write a book of hope, telling my story.
    I am soooo overwhelmed! Your message in todays devotion is just another message from God.
    I need to get encouragement from God, need to rely on Him for this project……
    Oh, wow…..I am so scared!
    I haven’t told anyone yet….meeting with my closest spiritual sister later to discuss!
    I don’t remember the question I was supposed to answer, but I think I did answer it

  43. I opened my Proverba 31 devotion this morning and BAM! It was a definite God moment. I am a 52 year old, new empty nester stay at home mother, that is stepping out of my comfort zone in search of new opportunities and purpose for my life. I struggle with confidence in my ability to “teach an old dog” new tricks as I look into new career opportunities. I so desire have the confidence and understanding of God like Deborah in Judges. Thank you for sharing!
    I would so love to have a copy of your book. It seems to be what I need at this stage in my life.

  44. I desperately need God’s confidence in my relationship with my daughter…boundaries are blurred, respect is one sided, and emotions are raw. Help me Lord to gain confidence and speak truth…to build a HEALTHY relationship with my daughter and reflect your love and beauty in the process.
    Thank you for your devotion today and the book giveaway…much appreciated!

  45. Veronica Morales says:

    I need confidence in deciding whether we should move and take a job in another city. A while ago a used to be a very confident person, but lately I am finding difficult to take on new challenges. Please pray for me. Thanks.

  46. This year I need confidence and endurance for good communication with my boyfriend and for pursuing new business ventures. To be bold taking steps I believe God has been placing on my heart. Your prayer completely connected with me.

  47. I too need more confidence in my work abilities. I am seeking opportunities for advancement but if they present themselves I am afraid to pursue. So intimidated so often!

  48. I need confidence as I step into the new roles of wife and mother. Is it more than I can handle – yup! I would appreciate a copy of your book, I think it could really help.

  49. I’m facing major surgery in 2 weeks on top of my MS. This was the perfect devotion for the day to begin new thinking. I’ve downloaded the 10 verses for building unshakable confidence. I’m ready to go. January 26th will be my lift-off date.

  50. Lisa Buchanan says:

    I am trusting God to help me have the courage to really fight to get this extra 100 lbs. off of me, once and for all! I am trusting to help me be more accountable in my life in many areas and to be consistent. I want to grow closer to Him in so many ways and to truly live my life to the fullest!

  51. I think the one on the forefront for me lately (in this season of life) is about work: I seem to never know when I should make a move and also to be able to discern if it is an opportunity from God and He wants me to step out in faith or is it a desire of my own will but I still do not have the necessary confidence to make the next step either in the latter scenario. So later I just end up hyper-analyzing if I missed yet another door that God opened up for me and wanted me to walk through or if it yet again was not meant to be….oh the confusion of an analytical mind 🙂 …

  52. A donnelly says:

    To spend more time in rest and fasting/prayer!

  53. Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Lynn. I’m currently in a ministry that is for SURE above and beyond my capability. I get to see God show up so often there and yet it’s so easy for me to forget that truth when I should be applying it to other areas. Specifically I need confidence for my future as I enter a new stage of parenting and life in general.

  54. Marlene Thorn says:

    God is around asome

  55. I am trusting God to lead me in all areas of my life. I am homeschooling for the first time, own a business, run a MOPS group and am feeling led to someday be a speaker. I feel scared that I will not achieve my dreams he has given me and question if I’m asking too much especially after facing so much rejection in my life. I need to trust God to lead me!

  56. Terri Cheshier says:

    I would be grateful to receive a copy of your book. The Lord has been speaking to me to start a women’s Bible study. I need the confidence and encouragement to move forward in his plans for me. Thank you for this devotional and I look forward to learning more.

  57. Thank you for the encouraging word today and the lesson that our Dear Father God gives us what we need through his word so that we can handle the path he has put us on. A great reminder that we can do all things through Christ because he strengthens us so like weight lifting you only get stronger by adding more weight and having resilience and courage to keep putting the work in!

    I thank you again and plan to share with all of my sistafriends and daughter who is a freshman in college.

    Peace and blessings to you!

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Thank you so, so much for sharing with others, Shanda!

  58. Rachel Espinoza says:

    I am trusting God in 2018 for His provision in our marriage after a rocky 2017 of deception amd heartbreak. With baby #3 on the way, I need God to speak and direct my.steps, every move I make I want to be with Him! Thank you in,advance♡

  59. cindy weber says:

    I think the passage most people are thinking of when they say God will not give you more than you can handle is
    1 Corinthians 10:13
    No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. (NASB)

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      I think you are right, Cindy. But we can really misquote it. He is talking specifically about temptation. He didn’t choose an all encompassing word that includes all of life. It makes me so sad when people use this phrase when people are grieving the death of a loved one or are experiencing struggles in their personal life that isn’t related to temptation.

      He is absolutely with us. Always. Forever. He has promised that, but I have seen in my life that He does sometimes allow me to be in situations where I am in over my head so that I am fully dependent on Him.

      Thank you so much for sharing! You are right on!

  60. I need confidence in who I am in Jesus. Who he says I am versus what I think don’t line up. I want to see and believe in myself as Jesus does!!!!!
    We are women warriors and so capable of so much but it’s gotta get down in our heart and mind that we believe beyond a shadow of doubt!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  61. This is the year! I am read to surrender and move totally in God’s unshakable confidence! Life tends to throw up barriers when you know God has planted your feet and I choose to stand knowing God has given me all the tools I need. Thank you you Lord for your continued mercy and grace and we are doing things with a smile on our face!

  62. I am trusting God to empower me to see the employment He has for me, not my “dream” job and to provide it in His timing. I am also trusting God to empower me to pursue a lifestyle change in my eating and in my physical activity so that I may reflect Him in what I do and say and lose that stubborn 60 pounds. I am trusting God to remind me that no matter what is happening in my world, He Is Always GOOD !!!

  63. I need confidence to get a job again after leaving a field I disliked. I am worried I won’t remember anything new, or it will be ugly like jobs I have had in the past.

  64. I need confidence that God will work in me and my son. …. that I will succeed in controlling my own attitude as I deal with my (high functioning autistic) child’s anger and behaviors.

  65. Hi Lynn; I pre-ordered and received your study guide and your DVD. But I have a dear friend who could really use a copy for herself and I would love to win it for her. I’m praying for unshakable confidence to comduct a support group for women like me who need confidence only God can give. I’ve begun the “kick-off” stage, but need courage to continue in spite of a slow start. I’ve ministered to women in various ways, but I’ve known for a while now that God has wanted me to start a woman’s ministry that is more structured and inclusive.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Nena – thank you so much for being brave and stepping out! If there is any way I can help you, please let me know. Even if your group stays very, very small or goes very slow, don’t doubt that His presence is with you and doing His work through you!

  66. I need confidence in a new position I start on Jan. 22. I know I can do it, but those little nagging thoughts of doubt like to nibble at my confidence.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      We can’t let them nibble, my friend. They will eat it all!

      2 Corinthians 10:5 “And we pull down reasonings and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and we take all minds prisoner to the obedience of The Messiah.”

      Speak to over your heart over and over and over again until the voice of the enemy is silenced. He can do it in you!

  67. My husband started a property management company 32 years ago. Due to our GM retiring last year and my husband’s declining health, I’m being forced to run the business. I feel I am way over my head with six different departments and 50 employees. Daily, I ask for God’s wisdom and strength to manage the company well.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Keep asking, Sally! He will supply and/or surround you with those who have the wisdom you need to help you.

  68. Anne Hungerford-Lowell says:

    I need to rewrite and tighten up a book I’ve been writing about parenting and risk taking. I hired a friend to help edit and she had a very different vision for my book. It really shook my confidence – even though I fully believe God is calling me to complete and publish my book.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Anne – when I wrote “Magnetic”, my editor basically wanted me to start over using a different “voice”. She was a very wise and talented woman, but I knew in my spirit that any other voice would not be my own.

      If your friend is giving you advice that you believe is coming from the Holy Spirit, then by all means, listen and follow it. But, if in your spirit, the part of you that communes with God, you do not sense this is the direction He is calling you to, then with His confidence, hang on to the vision He has imparted to you.

  69. When my son interviewed for kindergarten some 27 years ago, when asked what his Mother did, he replied “Anything she wants to!!” The teacher came out to meet the mom who did what she wanted and said she could see what he meant! I was so confident back then…before life kept pounding me down….making me feel less….not good enough. I want that young woman back with the wisdom I have now! I used to feel that I could do anything…now I’m so fearful of trying…of not being enough. But I’m a nobody when I don’t try and that’s worse. Help me feel good inside Lord…I’m tired of not feeling useful….please God….USE ME!!

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      This is a prayer He absolutely will answer, Tammy! I think the beginning of it starts with putting down confidence-crushing thoughts in order to put in Christ confidence.

      May you take those steps, friend, and know that He will empower you as you begin to build your new found confidence on all He is!

    2. Wow, Tammy, you sound like me! Feeling confident and adventurous and used by God, then as time passes life wears us down. You ARE enough! Don’t be afraid to try! That is what the Lord is telling you through this devotional! This world is Babylon, and its intent is to tear us down and destroy us. Get focused on the Lord and see what direction He wants you to move into. I think of this whenever I’m feeling useless- where would we be if Jesus had listened to all of the garbage that the world threw at Him? There were a lot of places where He couldn’t even preach, let alone do miracles because the people weren’t having it! He didn’t stay there and mope and think, “Why don’t they like Me, I’m only trying to help?” He kept it moving and moved on to places and people who were open to and welcomed what He had to offer. Sometimes we get into situations and as Believers we feel that we have to save or rescue people from themselves. That’s the Holy Spirit’s job, to convict people. We are sent by God, but we aren’t meant to just go through life engaged in activity that we aren’t being nourished and fed by, either. There has to be some reciprocity on some level. I am now convinced that we go through seasons like this so that God can restore us, lift us up and this is great for our witness! Don’t give up, Sister in Christ. Life has pounded the crap out of me too, but God is giving me the courage to pound it right back, in Jesus’ Name LOL!

  70. I need confidence to trust in the Lord’s direction for my family. To leave our home, jobs school and Church to move to another state and follow a dream my husband and I have shared for the last 10 years.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Lord, thank you that You go ahead and are already there to greet them!

  71. I need confidence in myself in all areas of my life. I feel defeated and worn out and alone.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Life can absolutely do that to us, Sarah. Lord, make Your word real to Sarah today as she looks to build her confidence on You. “But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

  72. Hi Lynn and readers,
    I need the confidence to consistently make God bigger than my fears and learn to set boundaries. My 15 year old son just told his step-dad and I that he wants to live with his dad in another city. His dad just went through a divorce and his new bachelor bad environment, promises of a new car & lack of engagement in his education look much better than the rules and expectations at our home. While the legal system is on my side-I do not have my sons head our heart. I need the confidence to set boundaries with his dad because I have let him bully me for years, the confidence to continue parenting & fighting for my son, the confidence to hear God and trust his next steps should be, even if it means letting my son go-which I can’t even fathom right now. I thank God that all of us have found our way here and ask God to bless and guide us all as we begin this next journey!

    1. God bless you, Mindy. I pray that Jesus will give you peace and wisdom and discernment. I pray that He will give you the strength and courage to deal with your ex, and that the anointing of the peace of Christ will be so profound on you that your ex won’t DARE to even attempt to bully you. I pray for clarity in your son’s mind, and the mind of your ex that they will both hear the still, small voice of the Lord and do the right thing. I pray for your family, and that God’s blessings will surround you all and strengthen you. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

    2. Lynn Cowell says:

      Lord, YOU are our source of courage, wisdom and strength. Lead Mindy to the places in your word where she can fill up her heart and soul for the journey ahead. Help her to draw as close to You as she can, so that as this battle wages, she has on Your armor of protection. Amen

  73. Nanette Edmonds says:

    I need new confidence to step out of the “comfort zone”, sans walls around me to protect against unwanted scary things. My first step needs to be trusting that God will hold me up and be true to me, despite any stumbles or falls. He is the only One who can help me build that unshakable faith when doing something new, especially anything that honors Him. Doing more to honor Him will give me confidence in myself and even in others I am afraid of, so I don’t get hurt in the process.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Nanette, what you said: “despite any stumbles or falls” is so important.

      Anything new will involve falls or “failures”. Think of a child learning to walk or ride a bike. We expect them to fall down and not only once, but many times, before they can walk or ride.

      We need to know that the same is true in our lives. Trying new things with God will involve falls; it is part of the learning process. It is by no means fun, but it absolutely is part of the process of making our move with Him!

  74. My husband was diagnosed with PSP, a rare neurological disease, 3 years ago. We just moved to a completely new area and smaller home in hopes that having less stress will allow me more time to take better care of my husband and do more things for others. Although I know this path is what God has chosen for me, I continually need confidence trusting he is beside me on days when I feel all alone.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Lisa, I cannot image what you are going through.

      Father, thank you for providing this new pathway for Lisa. I pray that it will be just what she needs. Cross her path with those that will come and be a strength to her as well as her be an encouragement to others. Amen

  75. Danielle Halverson says:

    I need more confidence in decision making; being able to discern and be joyfully grounded in God’s best for me. Thank you for your post Lynn. I’m so glad you are letting God use you! I’d like to read your study for our Woman of the Word Bible Study. Let your light shine!

  76. Jessica Fort says:

    Last year was a really rough year for me and it seemed like I was constantly loosing and struggling and I ended up letting fear dictate my life. Because of this I lost confidence in myself and in God. So this year, I want that confidence back! I want to fall in love with God and myself all over again. I want to have the confidence that with God I can achieve all that He has planned for me! I want to confidently be able to discern His voice, and grasp the concept that failure isn’t final! I want a new perspective on failures and I want to learn to trust God despite my fears.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      He wants that for you too, Jessica! I love James 4:8 that reminds me that as I take one step close to Him, He comes running for me. You can read the whole verse here: http://biblehub.com/james/4-8.htm.

  77. I am wanting to grow the confidence to find my calling in life and build a career on something I’m truly passionate about. I have been doing a lot of soul searching and God has been placing tools, resources and people that are helping me to come to the realization that most of my life decisions have been based on fear and pleasing others. I long to live out the told God created for me, and I want to allow Him the opportunity to do that in the way He best sees fit.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      April, I, too, have had a lifetime to partnering with the Holy Spirit to win over pleasing others. I see a lot of victories, but some days, I get knocked down again. He is with us. As we keep getting back up again, He will empower us and we will have more victories than defeat, friend!

  78. God is TOTALLY, utterly and absolutely AMAZING. I am in a HUGE season of change. God has put my mind and outlook in an altogether new space, it’s seriously some ashes to beauty going on. I am thinking in ways that I haven’t DARED to think and dreaming in ways that I haven’t had the energy or inclination to dream in for YEARS. I’m dreaming big. I have lacked confidence to do much of anything beyond what had become routine and familiar, and I felt a change welling up in me last September telling me “No more! You have been going around this same old mountain long enough!” What is really blowing me away is that I went to the download “5 New Moves for My New Year” and TWO of the verses that I had meditated upon JUST THIS MORNING were there!!! Proverbs 3:26 and Psalms 118:6. I had been feeling a little fearful about something and I went to Bible Gateway to look up Proverbs 3:26 and 118:5-6 was there!!! Then I go to the 5 New Moves and there they are again!!! I am EXCITED. I don’t know where God is taking me, but this is a reminder that HE’S GOT THIS. Thank you for this devotional!

  79. I’m really needing that confidence in my life, as my circumstances have me in an entirely new season, and its easy for me to feel defeated and ‘less-than’ and ‘ no longer required’ . Your encouragement is just what I need right now, to step into this new season of life, with vibrancy and faith and readiness to seize the new opportunities God has waiting for me ! He has really spoken to my heart that was despondent and fearful of the future, through your post so thank you ! ( and for this opportunity to win your book)

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      I am so very, very happy, Linda!

  80. Charlotte says:

    My word for 2018 is MOVE. I have prayed for God to move me in all areas of my life. I often struggle with self-confidence and shrink back from new challenges. While I know I can do nothing without God, many times I forget that He can do anything.

  81. I will be starting to lead a new small group for ladies at our church. I need confidence that Jesus will give me the words to uplift and encourage these women. This is a big step out in faith for me!

  82. WOW! After reading the above responses to your post one thing is clear: I am NEVER alone. How comforting it is to see that I am not alone in my thoughts, fears, desires.

    – I can do all things through HIM who gives me strength!

    Confidence is something I am forever praying for. At my job as an RN. As a mother. As a wife. Thank you for the reminder today.

  83. Dawn Cody says:

    I need confidence that God is calling me to what I want to do. I often question my desires, but sometimes they align with God’s plan and purpose. Sometimes though they are selfish. So I want confidence and discernment that I am doing and going where GOD WANTS ME, not where I want to go.

  84. I returned to a management role at work several months ago after being out of management for over 10 years. It seemed like God’s leading and many days that is confirmed for me, however, when challenging moments arrive my confidence gets rocked and makes me doubtful &anxious that I can succeed. I need to learn how to continually build that trust and reliance upon HIM that HE will help me achieve what HE needs me to do in this role versus getting caught in the weeds of self reliance.

  85. I need confidence this year in being the woman God created me to be and not trying to be the woman who pleases people. I want to be God’s warrior and bring glory to him.

  86. I have been a stay at home Mom for 22 years. While that has been a huge blessing, with our youngest now 16 I feel less needed everyday at home. My college degree wouldn’t allow me to jump into the industry at this stage in life. I have always wanted to start my own business. I’m not sure what that looks like at this point but I am tossing around several ideas. Even with the support of my husband, I am lacking courage to move forward.
    Please pray for wisdom and courage as I work through this.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Father, You created Aimee. You created her to be wise, strong and confident in You. Give her the wisdom You promise us in James 1:5 and empower her, Holy Spirit, with the depth of courage that only You can provide. Amen

  87. I née confidence in the area of continuing to be the children’s minister at my church. Also I need confidence is starting to get my Masters in family ministry. I feel led by God to do so, however it seems a little overwhelming to me.

  88. I need confidence this year to follow where God is leading me. I have always struggled with the fact that I didn’t go to college. It is something that has haunted me the last 15 years. I have had lots of changes at my current job and tons of new responsibility. It is hard and not very rewarding. But it has only proved more to me how much I wish that I had my degree. My job has me stressed, I have small children at home, and a marriage that has been through some serious struggles for years (but we still love each other deeply). So to add school to that sounds INSANE to me. Then why do I have such a desire to pursue it? I want to be totally sure that this is where God is leading me and not a solution I have come up with to try and make things better. Then I read your Blog today. God has certainly taught me the last few months at my job that through Him I can handle so much more than my mind thought possible. But is he leading me toward even more?

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Keep asking for that clarity and direction, Alison. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 He will give it!

  89. joanna kearns says:

    Employment finances and god’s timing

  90. Dawn Skaggs says:

    I will improve my confidence in God. In 2018, with almost everything in my life pending change, and hearing his proding to act, I will fearlessly follow his direction and trust in his ability and love not my own.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Exactly, Dawn! “Trust in His ability and love, not my own.” We build our unshakable confidence on our unshakable God!”

  91. Alyson Foy says:

    The confidence in growing my business BIG and knowing I can handle everything that comes my way. And not to judge myself when I hear the accomplishments of others.

  92. I am struggling with finding self confidence in lots of areas of my life. I have been struggling with so much over the past year and feel I am at my lowest with no confidence to get up and move forward. Thanks for this opportunity and for sharing this word with me through Proverbs 31.

  93. I need confidence to change and move forward in several areas of my life. I lost my husband of 32 years in 2013 after a difficult battle with cancer. We met when I was in high school and married in the same yea of graduation. We were toegther 35 years total and this is the first time in my adult life to be single. Since then I became a single parent of 6 kids for a year due to a family crisis. Shortly after they moved home, my home was hit by a tornado. I have had experienced extreme highs and lows with God over the past 5 years and am trying to trust in God’s plan for my future. I have always taken care of everyone else and now I am trying to learn how to take care of myself with the same determination I have taken care of everyone else. I can feel God stirring my soul for a change. I am uncertain as to whether what excites me is God’s leading or my desire to run away from the past. I am searching for direction.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      When you head toward His word for wisdom and direction, Lesa, you are headed the right way! Keep going! I wake up most every day, praying James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” This is what I am counting on. I lack wisdom. I am asking and He will and is giving it to me! He will to you too!

  94. I need to have confidence in my faith, in trusting God completely. Sometimes I really have a hard time letting go. I let my fears get the best of me instead of just going for it and trusting in God by taking a leap of faith.

  95. “Trust” is my 2018 focus word, and a part of that is trusting God for confidence in areas that I am uncomfortable in and when I allow satan to get in my head.

  96. Shelley Sisson says:

    I need confidence to open an Etsy shop! I have such confidence in so many areas. I know Whose I am so I know who I am, yet my confidence in the talent He gave me waivers. Will people want to buy my paintings or crafty stuff?

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      I once heard someone say, Shelley, is one thing we do know: they won’t buy it if they can’t. Ask God for the wisdom you need and unless He gives you a no, I’d go for it!

  97. Donna Marsh-Allen says:

    I am entering the book giveaway because I need the encouragement.

  98. I need confidence in helping with my aging, sick parents that I’m unsure of their salvation. I live two hours away and go there every weekend to help them as well as working fulltime.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Lord, strength Carol – physically, emotionally and spiritually as she unselfishly serves her parents. Amen

  99. I’ve always lacked confidence socially around people I don’t know, and in sharing things when I’m participating in a Bible study.

  100. Patricia Jaracz says:

    I definitely need to believe God will enable me to do what He has called me to do!

  101. Emily Hill says:

    May you be blessed beyond what you can imagine, by our Lord and Savior, because you have followed him so diligently and listen to his still small voice; and then you share and encourage us.
    I read this post this am and it stopped me in my tracks… I have been asked several times to lead a bible study for women (haven’t said no, but haven’t started yet) I think this might be what God is asking me to share. I’ve been asking him what to teach (share,lead) and I felt his answer this morning. I want to get this book because it seems to fit. (both me and the women whoGod is going to surround me with).
    So, again thank you for your wisdom from God that you pour into all of us out here!

    In His grip, -em.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      I do hope Make Your Move is the answer to the study you have been looking for, Em! I would love to help you in any way I can. One way is the free resources I have on my page: 5 Days to Unshakable Confidence. It is a 5 day free devotional study. You can find it here: http://www.lynncowell.com/make-your-move.

      You can also find the first video teaching on this page as well. I think of it as test driving Make Your Move.

  102. I’m trusting God to help me find confidence in balancing being a working mom.

  103. I need Guidance from the lord to help me with my Autistic Son. We are really going through a bump in the road and I need the lords strength and endurance to lead the way.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Maire – hang in there! I know that when our children have special needs of their own, it can really work our confidence over. I know it is not the same, but you may find some encouragement in the guest post I wrote for a friend where I talk about my family’s personal struggle with mental illness with one of our children. You can read it here if you would like: https://rachelbritton.com/when-your-move-is-bigger-than-you-are/

  104. I need confidence immediately. Eight years of many trials being added daily, has brought me to a place of having to start my life over at 51 with two young adults to care for as well. I’m trying to start a new career to support us and I don’t feel I will be good at it or make enough to support us. At this stage of life it is so scary and hard. I keep trying to trust God, but the daily attacks are a real struggle. I am hoping your book will bring solid positive confidence to keep me going.

    1. Hi Lisa.
      I identify w everything you’ve written. I’ve never responded to any comment before like this but I felt the need to tell you that you are not alone in your endeavors or fear. Kim from Kansas is thinking of and praying for you today. It’s so hard, I know, but we’ll get through it by the grace of God. You are loved.

      1. Kim from Kansas, thank you so much. I usually don’t post either but felt l should. Thank you for your prayers and support. It means a lot. Prayers back to you.

  105. I need confidence for a new career that God has placed a desire in my heart for. I cannot let my age be a factor as I am in a good health and definitely not old enough to retire yet. There are times when I am very confident. However, there are many times when I start listening to the negative thoughts in my head like “You are not educated enough”, “Look at the choices you made in the past”, “You are not worthy”, etc. When this happens, I start quoting as much scripture as possible so Satan will flea. ~Lisa~

  106. In 2018, I need to have confidence that God will fulfill His purpose for me through what I am studying in school and that He will give me the strength and endurance to get through this year and do well.

  107. Peggy Harris says:

    I need to have confidence to make the right decisions that God wants me to make and also to share my faith with others. I would love to read this book.

  108. Michelle Byrd says:

    I need confidence that God has given me the ability to do a good job on a very large decorative painting project.

  109. I need confidence in knowing that if our divorce goes through, I will be able to make it. I need to remember to turn it over to God, and he will provide for me, even through my struggles

  110. I am struggling with confidence in several areas of my life right now. As a wife and mother, I often feel insecure despite having a wonderful, loving and committed husband and great Kids!!! I am constantly second guessing myself. Also, I’ve been working in my field/career for 20 years and recently entered an area or teaching in this field. There are so many new and foreign aspects to teaching and academia that I did not realize. I asked for New role this and God gave it to me, in His timing, and now that I’m here, i feel like an imposter amongst a sea of professionals. I haven’t felt this way on the job in 20 years… I need a NEW CONFIDENCE!!! I believe God put me here at this time for a reason, but I can’t get past my anxiety and lack of confidence to truly feel His presence and excel for His glory!!

  111. Like you Lynn, I always heard that God will only give you what you can handle. I used to think, “God why do you think I can handle all of this? Please give me a break. Pick on someone else for a change.” I have come to realize that all of our trials are stepping stones to grow closer to God. Some maybe as large as boulders but they teach us something and if we turn to God during those times we can become stronger. I would not be the person I am today without God pushing me past my limits.

  112. Oh man. I’m bullied at work, as a nurse, and I have zero confidence in my abilities as such. I took 17 years off from nursing and started back one year ago. I feel like I was set up to fail by my (recent) preceptor from the beginning so no one expects much from me now. 20 years ago I was part of nursing administration! I feel so far away from those abilities and confidence now. In all areas of life. Maybe this book is what I need to really listen to God. Thank you

  113. Courtney Parrish says:

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book through one of your giveaways a couple months back. I am looking forward to reading it as a new start, a kickoff, to the new year!

  114. I am ending a very toxic relationship that l have been in for 4.5 years. I have been codependent on him and have lacked the confidence to step out and be alone. I lack the confidence that l will be able to find the man God has chosen for me and I have just had enough of trying to do this on my own. I have surrendered this area of my life to God finally. I dont know why it has been so hard for me because in every other area in my life l easily gave it to God and he has provided way beyond my need! God is good!! Now l just need the confidence to start a new chapter in my life. I am excited to see what God has planned for me!

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Relationships – they are one of the hardest areas to have Christ confidence in, Michelle! I am glad you are ending what has not been God’s best for you. I know that as you seek the Lord, His love will fill the love gap in your heart. He will meet your deepest needs. By no means is that the easy way, but He is always the best way. He is so proud of you, friend!

  115. Great words of encouragement! I’m “retired” because of MS issues. I hope to have courage to step out and create my artwork selling it either online or at shows. This is taking a leap of faith as it costs to get the supplies and start…..without income. Trusting on God to continue to provide for our needs! Thank you again for your encouragement!

  116. Hi Lynn 🙂

    Your post really blessed me, giving more encouragement to keep encouraging myself in the Lord (with God’s truth an promises). There are many things the Lord is working on me with, but one of those things is knowing, really knowing, if my writing is to be a hobby, or a career/ministry. I have one published book out, but still struggling if that was in God’s will for it to happen or not. I continue to write articles and blog posts, but not sure if I should write any more books. I need clarity and to have peace/acceptance to whatever His answer will be. 🙂

    Thanks again for your wonderful post, and CONGRATS on your new release!

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Jannette – writing … it is quite a road! Can I pray for you?

      Lord, give Jannette clarity and wisdom. Show her if you are wanting to teach her perseverance or take her in another direction. Please help her to keep her heart and mind open at all times to You so that she can obey and be blessed! Amen

  117. Confidence to be a better christian for others to see how great the Lord is. Also strength and confidence to continue learning the new tasks given to me at work through a transition/restructuring.

  118. Confidence is something I have always lacked. Thank you for your encouragement. Also thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of “Make Your Move: Finding Unshakable Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures”.

  119. Marsha Dillon says:

    I’m trusting God to lead me in growing my business and putting my life back together after my illness, a divorce, and the death of my Father. All this in two years has been so devastating. Through it all God has never left my side. I’m beyond grateful that He loves me so much.

  120. I need more self-confidence. I often feel like I’m the black sheep of the family or the office where I work. I’m the only one who is unmarried and doesn’t have a college degree. I also need the confidence to go back to school so I can get a better paying job! And finally, I need the confidence and patience to wait for God’s best for me and not settle. Thank you so much for your encouraging post and I look forward to diving into your book!

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Angela – being the black sheep isn’t always a bad thing in my book! I never went to college either … not one day. Yet God is still using us, isn’t He? (TAKE THAT SATAN!) Our confidence is in Christ on a diploma on the wall, friend!

  121. Thanks for this Lynn. Love your encouraging words!
    I need confidence in hearing God in this ‘waiting’ season, of what I am to do next, and then have the confidence to do it! 😉
    Bless you!

  122. Makenna Anderson says:

    After spending 2017 at rock bottom, I am looking to 2018 to make a change,boost my confidence, and dare to put my faith and trust in God so that he may take me to new heights. I have recently gone back to church and rededicated my life to God. Proverbs 31 has become a daily necessity and I look forward to reading this new book!

  123. I would like to read your insights to help me have the skills to believe the plans God has for me can help me navigate through the fears and past mistakes I’ve made so that I can press on and conquer the good works and purpose He had for me.

  124. I need confidence to start a new business I feel God nudging me towards.

  125. I need to have confidence in saying no and setting boundaries in order to keep my peace and focus on my family more. Instead of always saying “Yes” and doing things out of committment, I’m now restructuring my life to focus on my family, a new business adventure, and saying yes only to the things that will work well for me AND family and will produce fruit and JOY (instead of dread and exhaustion) 😉

  126. EVERYTHING! I don’t like new things or change. It takes me forever to make decisions about life. I worry that I am not doing a good enough job at work, raising my nephew or how I never seem to have a clean house. I need the confidence to let the Lord stretch me to be who He created me to be. Even typing this is hard. I need confidence and energy to conquer my fears and anxieties. I know I am meant for more and I know I can serve the Lord better.

  127. I believe I need confidence leading a major ministry in my church. This book and study sound like something I need!

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      I hope they are helpful to you, Rachel!

  128. Mario Solari says:

    Need more confidence and trust in my own abilities, but also in trusting God will show me his plan one step at a time and just staying with Him taking each step.

  129. I’m in the process of a divorce after 25 years of a Christian marriage. My husband abandoned my two daughters, ages 13 and 17, 1 year ago. We finally agreed on Collaborative Law to work through our divorce.
    I allowed my husband to control me. My focus was always on, “Am I pleasing my husband? Am I abiding what my husband wants of me?” After a year of counseling, I realized, even though I thought we had a Christian marriage, I was not putting the Lord first in my life. Pleasing my husband, instead of the Lord was my daily focus.
    I’ve struggled with my self-esteem, allowed myself to be controlled by others and did not realize that with the Lord as my focus, I have a VOICE.
    This year my word is CHANGE as I encounter so many changes as a result of divorce and my oldest daughter will be leaving “the nest” to attend college. I NEED a NEW way to really see myself as the Lord sees me. I need a NEW confidence to truly feel in my heart, with the Lord by my side, I have worth. I’m much stronger than I think. I NEED A NEW VOICE and a NEW CONFIDENCE and a NEW SELF-WORTH all rooted in the Lord, to stand up for myself during my divorce proceedings and move on with the rest of my days here on earth.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      He will be that change in you, Kathy!

  130. I need confidence in my job search and need to trust God’s guidance and His timing.

  131. Valerie Lane says:

    I’m trusting God for more confidence in 2018 in the area of a new job and a big move! God can use us wherever we are if we surrender to Him.

  132. I need confidence in trusting my abilities to find a new job and trust God’s will and timing for this to happen.

  133. Stephanie Britt says:

    When God speaks be ready to respond immediately and confidentially.

  134. I need confidence in my identity as a woman of God. So often I let my security rest in others or in my abilities when humanity is so flawed. If I am confident in Gods promise that I am made in his image for a purpose, then I can be less anxious and more gentle.

  135. I need confidence in making the necessary changes to be a better wife and mom. I feel like I’ve been going through a refining process, or fire, these last couple of years. I know this is a good thing, and is from God. Lately, I feel like Satan is really working hard to strip my confidence in that God can change me / make me new / break my chains of anger, anxiety, and negative thinking. I would love to win / read your book. Thank you for your words of encouragement. May God bless you!

  136. In 2018, I need Be-lieve so that I can believe in myself and God. That he will fulfill his purpose for me through my business and will give me the strength and endurance to reach my goals in 2018. I’m going to:
    Push past my discomfort, growing my discomfort method.
    Put myself out there, and be OK with not knowing if people will accept me.
    Stick to a habit, not listening to the negative self-talk that normally holds me back.
    Stick to it some more, and learn to trust myself.
    Go into situations not knowing, and learn to be OK with that.
    Learn through repeated experiments that I’m stronger than I think, that I’m more capable and more tolerant of discomfort than I think.

  137. diana callahan says:

    I seldom go out of my comfort zone. I pray I will go where He leads!!

  138. I have recently left a great paying job and moved myself and my children to Florida to start a new life. After two wks my fiancé decided to end our relationship. Now I just need the confidence to get out of my comfort zone and get a new job and believe in myself… I know I can do all things through Him who strengthens me and I just need that boost of encouragement!

  139. I need the confidence to be more open about how God has worked in my life. I am basically shy and tend to babble when I get up the courage to share. I know in my head God will provide me with all I need when I share His message but I get nervous and feel I mess it up.

  140. I am choosing to put my faith in God and learning to encourage myself in Him alone. Choosing to move on and take down the lies of failure and discouragement that consumes me.

  141. Thanks so much for debunking the ‘God will not give us…’. I’ve had people look at me like I’m crazy when I say that’s not scriptural but that He is made perfect in our weaknes, calling me to rely on His strength rather than my own. I need confidence to speak the Truth, in love, and leave the results with Him. Would love the book!

  142. I need confidence for growing my business and better managing/simplifying my time so that I can work enough hours to achieve financial stability and some goals that I have set for myself. I have some big things coming up in the next 18 months that are riding on this and it feels daunting and impossible. I am praying for confidence and courage but also to be made a better steward of time, money and resources in order to accomplish these things without burning out.

  143. In 2018, I need continued confidence in every aspect of my life because life is all about patience! I struggle with being patient and I am using 2018 especially for this ongoing struggle of mine. More specifically, I would love to become better at being patient for my daughter. She is under two years old and really likes to explore! I continually pray to God to grace me with patience as she continues to do what kids do best – make messes and explore!

  144. Erica Bancroft says:

    Thank you for the encouragement!
    This topic catches my attention as there seems to be a door opening for me to get involved with a ministry that I’ve been interested in for years – but is intimidating as it may be at a different level than I was at before … think queen vs worker bee!
    Because of your simple encouragement I will be looking to our Father for direction instead of making decisions out of fear or feeling.
    Thanks again!

  145. I Will Be Confident is my motto for 2018. I love how God uses other people to confirm what He has been speaking to me and that happened after reading this blog. After spending almost 30 years in paralyzing fear over everything, last year I felt God calling me to lead a small group. I knew I could not do this in my own strength but relying on Him instead of myself I knew I could and I did. I have just recently been asked to lead another team of people in a different area of ministry. Old thoughts came back, I’m not good enough, I have no idea how to do this (which I don’t) but I had to realize the lies I was allowing to take over in my mind and had to replace them with what God says. TRUST is my word for 2018. I need to truly live out the word TRUST. God knows what He is doing.

  146. I have had to depend on God like never before. My husband lost his battle to cancer on December 28. He was only 40 years old. We have 3 awesome kids, a home on 10 acres and we worked together at our small business. I am now forced to make many life altering decisions and put total faith in God. But that isn’t always easy. I doubt myself and worry that I won’t be able to do everything that has been put before me.

  147. Confidence in a new position at my school. I have had 2 interviews already. I’m scheduled to meet with the next person in the county office to interview with next week. All kinds of thoughts, fears and doubts going on in my head.

  148. I want to be confident to share Christ with unsaved friends and family.

  149. Robyn Cox says:

    Boy do I need confidence! I just went to the hospital after experiencing a psychotic episode with Bipolar Disorder 1. I got out last Thursday and am so thankful that my stay was short and I am doing well now.

    However, before I went to the hospital I resigned from my two retail positions to pursue women’s ministry at my church and my Mary Kay business. I am starting all over with my life now and am somewhat frightened with this new year!

    I know that God has got my back and totally have confidence in him but I’m a little shaky about myself ! I could use your prayers and would love to have a copy of your book to help me. Thanks for your blog and the opportunity to share my story.

  150. After 16 years in an industry I have decided to start a new career, that I have no experience in, while I go back to school to get my teaching degree. After much praying and planning I decided the stress of the old job and the time away from my kids was not worth the money. I finally had the courage to step out and pursue my lifelong dream of being a teacher. Being newly married this is putting some strain on my marriage, as now my husband is having to pick up the bills I used to be able to cover with my income. But I have faith that this new career will provide the financial needs we will need to get by while allowing me to focus on what is ultimately most important, the ability to be there for my children.

  151. Many thanks for your insightful encouragement and for doing what the Lord called you to do. Everyone in the world should live accordingly to Romans 15:5″ in such harmony with one another,in accord with Christ Jesus.” I love to encourage myself,family,friends,and others that I meet. It means a lot to me and to them.

  152. Catherine says:

    I am at home after working for our family business the past 2 years and now able to care for my youngest daughter who has fibromyalgia. I went back to school 1 1/2 years ago and am slowing working towards my undergrad degree and then a Master’s. I have a hard time “starting” projects so I am working on completing those things the Lord has put in my heart to do so that I may be able to minister to others more effectively. The biggest obstacle I have is myself and just taking the first step. I am overcoming that fear and pressing through. I have the belief that 2018 will be a year of breakthrough and I am starting now!

  153. Catherine Cooke says:

    I am at home after working for our family business the past 2 years and now able to care for my youngest daughter who has fibromyalgia. I went back to school 1 1/2 years ago and am slowing working towards my undergrad degree and then a Master’s. I have a hard time “starting” projects so I am working on completing those things the Lord has put in my heart to do so that I may be able to minister to others more effectively. The biggest obstacle I have is myself and just taking the first step. I am overcoming that fear and pressing through. I have the belief that 2018 will be a year of breakthrough and I am starting now!

  154. I recently discussed issues with my memory with a leader in a ministry where I have volunteered for about seven years. With laughter and tears, we decided that it was time to lay it down. I’m still trusting the God is not anticlimactic and that He has plans for my life. I’m also striving to get my house in order since I’ve been busy with many things. Praying that God will help me to seek the best thing! Luke 10:40-42

  155. To be honest the biggest obstacle I have is me in just taking the first step. I have a fear of failing and not really knowing if what I am hearing is God or just me. But I do know that God has the best plan for my life and I want to believe with all my heart that 2018 will be the year that I will see breakthroughs and God working in and through me to serve Him and others.

  156. I need confidence in my professional life. I was laid off when the economy tanked in 2009, was unemployeed for a little over 2 years, and have now been under-employeed for 4 years. I tapped out savings and retirement to stay current on the mortgage when I was unemployeed. I am worn out from trying to eat and put gas in my car because I am under-employeed. So, I need to get back out there doing what I used to do so I can make enough money to live again!! The stress is killng me. And now, my daughter is in communty college and has rent to pay (which I pay half of). I really can’t take the pressure of being broke any more and there are no opportunities for growth in my government job. Great job, if I hadn’t gone through a financial crunch the past 7 years! So I have to give it up and go back to the high-caliber grind that pays money! But, 7 years out of the game and turning 56, I am SCARED!! I’ve lost all confidence. I used to be one of the best in my field. Now, I am just not sure. And, if I’m not sure, potential employers will know it!! Please pray that I can and will feel God’s guidance. Thank you!!

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Kim, I am so sorry. The pressure you feel seems tremendous!

      Father, You are Kim’s provider. As she looks for her next vocational move, I pray that You will help her to see the next steps she should take. Give her divine appointments that will lead her to the job that You would have for her. Empower her to read Your word, filling her heart and building her confidence upon You and upon Your word. Amen

  157. Stepping out in faith and letting God lead the way this year.

  158. Delores McPherson says:

    I need to be more confident in the area of my health. I have head knowledge of how I should eat but lack the desire or will to do so. Being diabetic this is not only important it is life or death. But even that does not motivate me. I pray God will restore unto me the joy of His salvation and the desire to commit my body and eating habits to Him for His glory.

  159. Melissa J. says:

    He helped me with my breakup problem and restored my relationship. Anybody who need his help, his email Robinsonbuckler11@ gmail (.) com…….

    I am so excited to have my lover back !!!!!!!

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